About

Mission

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The Glass Art Society is a 501c3, non-profit, international organization whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.

Who we are

Founded in 1971, GAS:

  • holds an annual conference
  • publishes the Glass Art Society Journal
  • publishes the quarterly digital newsletter GASnews
  • invites members to participate in open calls for exhibitions and events
  • provides opportunities and resources for student members
  • manages the Glass Art Society Member Directory featuring member profiles with image gallery, bio, contact information, and more.

For a look at the first decade of GAS history, read "The Roots of the Glass Art Society: The First Decade" by Fritz Dreisbach


Membership

Membership is open to all interested in art made with glass - artists, students, educators, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, writers, and critics. Members are entitled to vote, hold office, and enjoy all other rights and privileges as determined by the Glass Art Society's Member Bylaws.


How the Glass Art Society is Organized

GAS is made up of a membership of over 2,000 glass enthusiasts from over 40 countries. The board is elected annually by the full membership and is comprised of at least 75% artist/educators and a student representative. A staff of four oversees day-to-day operations and administrative work at the GAS office in Seattle, Washington. 

GAS strives to stimulate communication among artists, educators, students, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, art critics, manufacturers, and all others interested in and involved with the production, technology, and aesthetics of glass. We are dedicated to creating greater public awareness and appreciation of the glass arts.

The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.